Marks Tey inventor leading the charge to bring clean water to two million South Americans

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg (left) with Michael Pritchard, Founder-Inventor, right.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg (left) with Michael Pritchard, Founder-Inventor, right.

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A MARKS Tey company is leading the charge to bring clean water to parts of South America.

Lifesaver Systems has announced a $47m project to provide clean water to two million people in the Caribbean and Pacific Coastal regions of Colombia.

The firm, which invents and supplies water purification technology which requires no power, chemicals or UV light, has teamed up with Columbian charity Fundacion Pais.

Michael Pritchard, founder of Lifesaver Systems signed the deal on Monday.

The signing was witnessed by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, who is in Columbia leading a UK business delegation.

He said: “As their second biggest contract, it’s an important contribution to this small and entrepreneurial UK business.

“It will help boost their sales which are on track to increase by 40 per cent this year, and expand to more than 100 countries.”

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3:52pm Tue 4 Feb 14

stevedawson says...

No chemicals no power and no uv surely we could do with that sort of equipment in europe.must be magic!
No chemicals no power and no uv surely we could do with that sort of equipment in europe.must be magic! stevedawson
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4:49pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Jack222 says...

What a great story - this should be the lead in your print version ...
What a great story - this should be the lead in your print version ... Jack222
  • Score: 4

5:42pm Tue 4 Feb 14

OMPITA [Intl] says...

Why oh why oh why can’t the BWT get its headline writers to wake up?
Like Jack222 says, “it’s great story”, but by the time the reader gets to the main text his or her attention has already been unnecessarily distracted through stumbling over the unforgivable typos that seem forever to plague BWT news reports.

It would be so much easier if whoever is making all these faux pas were to take just a few seconds to calmly read back over what they had written (or were passing on) and correct the wording where necessary.

Failing that get a 'grown up' to check their work for them.

It really is making a laughing stock of the journalistic profession.
Why oh why oh why can’t the BWT get its headline writers to wake up? Like Jack222 says, “it’s great story”, but by the time the reader gets to the main text his or her attention has already been unnecessarily distracted through stumbling over the unforgivable typos that seem forever to plague BWT news reports. It would be so much easier if whoever is making all these faux pas were to take just a few seconds to calmly read back over what they had written (or were passing on) and correct the wording where necessary. Failing that get a 'grown up' to check their work for them. It really is making a laughing stock of the journalistic profession. OMPITA [Intl]
  • Score: 3

12:39am Wed 5 Feb 14

Boris says...

I have tried twice to comment on this story, but it is not accepted. Why not?
I have tried twice to comment on this story, but it is not accepted. Why not? Boris
  • Score: 0

12:43am Wed 5 Feb 14

Boris says...

Boris wrote:
I have tried twice to comment on this story, but it is not accepted. Why not?
itr was the dreaded routine telling me to repeat my password, which comes up once every few weeks, but for some reason this time without the usual message. I shall try now to repeat my original comment.
[quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: I have tried twice to comment on this story, but it is not accepted. Why not?[/p][/quote]itr was the dreaded routine telling me to repeat my password, which comes up once every few weeks, but for some reason this time without the usual message. I shall try now to repeat my original comment. Boris
  • Score: 0

1:19am Wed 5 Feb 14

Boris says...

Boris wrote:
Boris wrote:
I have tried twice to comment on this story, but it is not accepted. Why not?
itr was the dreaded routine telling me to repeat my password, which comes up once every few weeks, but for some reason this time without the usual message. I shall try now to repeat my original comment.
It isn't allowed. I only wanted to congratulate the company, and point out an error of fact. No idea what I did wrong, but if the Gazette doesn't want my comment, I can't help that. I have tried three times, and that is enough.
[quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: I have tried twice to comment on this story, but it is not accepted. Why not?[/p][/quote]itr was the dreaded routine telling me to repeat my password, which comes up once every few weeks, but for some reason this time without the usual message. I shall try now to repeat my original comment.[/p][/quote]It isn't allowed. I only wanted to congratulate the company, and point out an error of fact. No idea what I did wrong, but if the Gazette doesn't want my comment, I can't help that. I have tried three times, and that is enough. Boris
  • Score: 0

2:50am Wed 5 Feb 14

JamesBarne says...

Well for the South American people's sake, let's hope it not the same water as we get here cause it's just horrendous in taste.
Well for the South American people's sake, let's hope it not the same water as we get here cause it's just horrendous in taste. JamesBarne
  • Score: 1

6:00am Wed 5 Feb 14

OMPITA [Intl] says...

I would strongly recommend that anyone who wants to learn more about this product goes to http://www.lifesaver
usa.com/products/lif
esaver-c2.htm and clicks on the video link.

Fascinating 10 minutes viewing,

Go for it!
I would strongly recommend that anyone who wants to learn more about this product goes to http://www.lifesaver usa.com/products/lif esaver-c2.htm and clicks on the video link. Fascinating 10 minutes viewing, Go for it! OMPITA [Intl]
  • Score: 0

12:24pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Bhudeeka says...

nice to see a different part of the world getting some help for a change everyone else is just left to rot while on particular country gets untold hnelp
nice to see a different part of the world getting some help for a change everyone else is just left to rot while on particular country gets untold hnelp Bhudeeka
  • Score: 0

4:00pm Wed 5 Feb 14

OMPITA [Intl] says...

Not true Bhudeeka.

I’m sure you’ll be heartened to learn that in addition to the South American enterprise there are also numerous people in S E Asia who are already
benefiting from this UK innovation – not least of all, victims of the recent (and still ongoing) Philippine disaster.

What we have here I think is a wonderful opportunity to exploit this product and effect three interrelated significant advantages.

Instead of sending so much cash to places like West Africa, I would like to think that we could withhold and spend a proportion of it directly with ‘Lifesaver Systems’ and get them produce, ship and set up the product on the ground where it is obviously so desperately needed.

This way the money could be spent directly within the economy from whose taxes it was extracted in the first place,

The needy recipients on the ground in the countries of need would be virtually guaranteed of having the equipment delivered and set up properly.

The greedy and corrupt middlemen who siphon off so much of the financial aid that we work so hard to currently provide would be cut out of the loop and would have to look elsewhere to fund their dishonest and lavish lifestyles.

As far as I can see it would be a ‘win – win - win’ situation. The money would remain circulating within the UK economy, the people most in need of the clean water facility would have their best chance ever of receiving it, and the corrupt elements could go and whistle.

It all seems so simple.

Where’s the catch?
Not true Bhudeeka. I’m sure you’ll be heartened to learn that in addition to the South American enterprise there are also numerous people in S E Asia who are already benefiting from this UK innovation – not least of all, victims of the recent (and still ongoing) Philippine disaster. What we have here I think is a wonderful opportunity to exploit this product and effect three interrelated significant advantages. Instead of sending so much cash to places like West Africa, I would like to think that we could withhold and spend a proportion of it directly with ‘Lifesaver Systems’ and get them produce, ship and set up the product on the ground where it is obviously so desperately needed. This way the money could be spent directly within the economy from whose taxes it was extracted in the first place, The needy recipients on the ground in the countries of need would be virtually guaranteed of having the equipment delivered and set up properly. The greedy and corrupt middlemen who siphon off so much of the financial aid that we work so hard to currently provide would be cut out of the loop and would have to look elsewhere to fund their dishonest and lavish lifestyles. As far as I can see it would be a ‘win – win - win’ situation. The money would remain circulating within the UK economy, the people most in need of the clean water facility would have their best chance ever of receiving it, and the corrupt elements could go and whistle. It all seems so simple. Where’s the catch? OMPITA [Intl]
  • Score: 0

10:21pm Wed 5 Feb 14

AdamMichaels says...

The Lifesaver systems are really great systems and have what is to be considered one of the best portable water purification systems on the market with their jerry can. I am not sure if they are introducing something new in this article or speaking of the jerry can, but it uses a process much like reverse osmosis, and can provide nearly the same quality as a reverse osmosis system.
The Lifesaver systems are really great systems and have what is to be considered one of the best portable water purification systems on the market with their jerry can. I am not sure if they are introducing something new in this article or speaking of the jerry can, but it uses a process much like reverse osmosis, and can provide nearly the same quality as a reverse osmosis system. AdamMichaels
  • Score: 0

2:09am Thu 6 Feb 14

Boris says...

I'll try again. The only typos left in this story are the spellings of the country. For the record, it is Colombia and the people are Colombians.
The factual error abvout the other person who signed the memorandum of understanding has been deleted.
Here is a much better version of the story:
http://www.adsadvanc
e.co.uk/lifesaver-si
gns-mou-with-pais21.
html
There is also a good article here:
http://www.eadt.co.u
k/business/marks_tey
_colombia_firm_signs
_30m_deal_to_bring_c
lean_water_to_two_mi
llion_people_1_32856
27
.
Most importantly, I think a lot of us feel proud and pleased that a local company has a product that will provide safe drinking water to people living in areas which have no prospect of getting a piped water supply.
Water hygiene is key to combating the diseases of poverty which afflict so many tropical countries.
I'll try again. The only typos left in this story are the spellings of the country. For the record, it is Colombia and the people are Colombians. The factual error abvout the other person who signed the memorandum of understanding has been deleted. Here is a much better version of the story: http://www.adsadvanc e.co.uk/lifesaver-si gns-mou-with-pais21. html There is also a good article here: http://www.eadt.co.u k/business/marks_tey _colombia_firm_signs _30m_deal_to_bring_c lean_water_to_two_mi llion_people_1_32856 27 . Most importantly, I think a lot of us feel proud and pleased that a local company has a product that will provide safe drinking water to people living in areas which have no prospect of getting a piped water supply. Water hygiene is key to combating the diseases of poverty which afflict so many tropical countries. Boris
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8:47am Thu 6 Feb 14

OMPITA [Intl] says...

Thank you Boris. I for one followed the link that you gave.

The EADT article is extremely good albeit they also do stumble on one occasion over the spelling of Colombia and are technically inaccurate inasmuch that they overrate the Jerrycan's capacity by 8 per cent. (It actually has 18.5 litres usable volume not 20 litres).

All in all though I found the EADT article to be a superbly informative and interesting item.

Just goes to show it can be done!

I was also delighted to learn from the EADT report that the Lifesaver Technology is now used in around 100 countries. I hope that reassures Bhudeeka regarding the concern she expresses in her above submission.

Great product I think!
Thank you Boris. I for one followed the link that you gave. The EADT article is extremely good albeit they also do stumble on one occasion over the spelling of Colombia and are technically inaccurate inasmuch that they overrate the Jerrycan's capacity by 8 per cent. (It actually has 18.5 litres usable volume not 20 litres). All in all though I found the EADT article to be a superbly informative and interesting item. Just goes to show it can be done! I was also delighted to learn from the EADT report that the Lifesaver Technology is now used in around 100 countries. I hope that reassures Bhudeeka regarding the concern she expresses in her above submission. Great product I think! OMPITA [Intl]
  • Score: 1

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